Welcome back to my “What’s In Your Bag?” series where I talk about my equipment! In my previous post, I discussed an overall view of my equipment and today I’ll be focusing on one of my favorite lens: the Canon 50mm 1.4. When I purchased this lens two years ago I fell in love with it right away! Even though it’s a prime lens, it’s really versatile. I’ll be showing a few photographs to illustrate why I love and enjoy using this lens as a family photographer.
I like using the 50mm for portraits with adults and older children. The 50mm produces such beautiful, creamy bokeh (the blurry background like in the image of the little girl as pictured below) and I just love that!
The downside of using the 50mm lens is, since it is a prime lens, I can’t zoom in and out. Instead, I have to zoom by moving my feet closer or farther away from the subject. As a family photographer I like to have zoom flexibility; especially when i'm photographing little kids who are always on the move. However, the beautiful images this lens produces are well worth the effort!
Until purchasing other lens, the 50mm was the lens that I used the most for portraits. I love that I can use it for both full body shots and close-ups so I get a lot of use out of it at this point in the day.
If you are a hobbyist, I highly recommend its little brother! The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM mm is more affordable but allows you to experience the same focal length and a wide aperture, too.
I hope this blog post has been helpful for you. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me at (571) 250-5073.
Tamieka is a Northern Virginia Family Photographer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Specializing in photographing families, maternity, children and military events. If you would like to schedule a consultation, don't hesitate to call (571) 250-5073.
Hello, I'm Tamieka, owner of Tamieka Smith Photography. I am currently located in Northern Virginia and I would love to help you plan your family's portraits or photograph your military ceremony — possibly both. Working with families and military members is my specialty. I hope you'll look at my recent work and all that’s available for you. I hope we're able to work together and I’m able to document your family’s history.